Action 10 – Interconnections

I will investigate the interdependence/interconnections of all of my previous actions  through the making strategy of mindmap.

My keywords here were transferred to my Research Methods class visualisation of my first research thesis’s sketch. That was such an AHA moment for me, Dialogues, Studio and Research Methods classes all came together that easy 🙂
• I had to reflect and make sure my son was not in my actions just for convenience, since we are isolated together and I don’t have many options of real interactions. But it was clear that children education are one of my big interests.
• On my action 9 , I concluded men always selecting and ranking everything (Tones of value), what also is on my Action 3 through Sieve/ Selection and Classification. On my action 6, I started selecting and classifying Elham’s dishes, and for Action 8, I kind of did it again to reflect about all my interviews. It seems like it’s a way of understanding for humans (myself) to gather similarities and classified them. (go back to “Sorting things out” Bowker and Star)
• Decoloniality appeared in some of my actions tackling some ways of knowing, behaviours, even the hierarchy cartesian thought. On my future research maybe it will be embedded in sustainable agency.
• Culture is there many times, regarding my international cohorts and to remind us of “What does it mean to design for people who have different histories, different backgrounds, and different commitments from us?”.
• METHODS- Most of communication designers are used to meetings and computers, imagining and prototyping on the computer. These actions were the first time in years that I tried to go outside, reflect in everyday actions, experiment with different material, storyboard in a different way, co-create with my son and experiment theory through practice.
• My Aha moment was for sure when “Theory + practice” together happened. Looking back all those readings and identify them on my son’s playing, on a natural sight, on the street was amazing for me. This moment really opened up my practice to different perspectives, looking through different lenses.
• Another moment for me as well, was recognising and accepting the “non-tangible outcome” through a very valuable process.
• A big immersion for me was trying to understand some thoughts, concepts and ideas we took for granted, and how colonisation have influenced that. Why we thing the way we thing, and afterwards, what make us change. Another one was investigating the circle shape, considering its inclusion idea of gathering. When Arturo Escobar compares a classic American suburban house to a Maloca house in the Amazon, he talks about how a construction influences the way you relate to the world, how “we (humans) design the conditions of our existence and, in turn, the conditions of our designing.” (Escobar 2018)

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